Fantasy Football Out on a Limb Volume 2

Sep 11, 2008

Fantasy Football Out on a Limb is back for another season.  I scour the rosters to select a player who I feel will outperform a higher profile player in that given week.  I base my decisions on matchups, how the players are trending, and the ever-important hunch.  To mix things up I’ll occasionally do some two on one matchups or even pit RB or WR duos against each other.  Sometimes I’ll spot a player some points. 

6 points for rushing or receiving TD
4 points for a passing TD
0.1 points per yard for rushing or receiving
0.05 points per passing yard. 

Last Week
Tony Romo
(20) over Tom Brady (3.8) WHICH I WON
Michael Turner (34.6) over Ryan Grant (9.2) WHICH I WON
Selvin Young (9.6) over Darren McFadden (5.7) WHICH I WON
Randy Moss (17.6) beat Larry Fitzgerald (9.1) WHICH I LOST 
Jerricho Cotchery (14.0) over T.J. Houshmandzadeh (4.4) WHICH I WON
Super Stetch:  Ray Rice (8.3) over Fred Taylor (2.7) WHICH I WON

Regular Picks:  4-1
Super Stretch Picks:  1-0
Overall:  5-1
Breakdown: QB: 1-0, RB 3-0, WR: 1-1

Season Record
Regular Picks:  4-1
Super Stretch Picks:  1-0
Overall:  5-1
Breakdown: QB: 1-0, RB: 3-0, WR: 1-1

Aaron Rodgers 
over Brett Favre
Of course I’m going to go there.  Rodgers looked good against a bad Vikings Pass Defense last week.  Favre put up solid numbers vs. the Dolphins.  I think they will both have success this week, but I see Rodgers torching Detroit much worse than Favre will do vs. the reeling Pats.

Running Backs
Brandon Jacobs
over Marshawn Lynch
Jacobs gets to take on the lowly St. Louis Rams.  Yeah, he’s playing on the road, but the G-Men have no problem on the road as evidenced by their run last year.  Jacobs is healthy and should bowl over their pitiful D.  Meanwhile Lynch gets to face a Jacksonville team coming off a loss.  Plus he’s playing in Jacksonville.  You see where I’m going with this?

Larry Johnson
over Steven Jackson
I like LJ in this battle of Redemption Backs.  LJ gets to face a soft Oakland team at home.  I can see 100 yards and a pair of TDs for the big fella.  Meanwhile S-Jax gets to face the G-Men while he’s still trying to get his legs under him from missing training camp.  LJ is going to be the one who looks like a first round pick this week.

Wide Receivers
Marvin Harrison
over Chad Ocho Cinco
I’ll go with the Old Man over the Young Buck.  No way does Indy fall to 0-2.  Sorry Vikes.  The Colts are going to go into the Dome and pass, pass, pass.  Wayne and Harrison will have big days.  Harrison records his first TD since Week One last year.  Meanwhile the Bengals are just rotten right now.  Unlike the NFL and Reebok I won’t charge Chad $500 K to use his legal last name.  You think they would pull that stunt if he changed it for religious reasons?  Last time I checked when Kobe switched numbers it was one of the most popular jerseys in the NBA.

Santonio Holmes over T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Santonio Holmes wasn’t invited to the Pittsburgh TD party last week.  Have no fear Holmes owners, Big Ben will work him in this week.  He should light the lamp vs. Cleveland.  Meanwhile Housh plays for the Bengals, who I am down on big time. 

David Patten
over Wes Welker
With Marques Colston out with a thumb injury the Saints will have to rely on David Patten more.  He’ll likely be Drew Brees’ top target.  That’s a much more enviable position to be in than the #2 option for Matt Cassel.  Welker relied on timing plays with Brady and that’s going to take time to get down.

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